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Full text of "Further Sources Of Vijayanagara History"

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distributed them in charity among the Brahmans,   Then she
led her son into her palace, and offered him several presents.

Then, the Narapati, spoke to his mother as follows : " The
three Padiisahas, have joined together, and revolted against me ;
auel having declared war, tliey are marching upon Karnataka
•with the object of subjugating it. This is a country -where
'Jhanna flourishes. This virtuous kingdom nas been given to
the gods a;,d the Brahman*. Why should tbeir \tiie Mussulman)
authority be exercised in this state which, contains shrines of
gods, holy places of pilgrimage and learned men? B> your
favour, and the grace of our family deities, all the people that
are (under me) do not lack military force and wealth to
protect these. I desire to march against the enemy) with all
my troops, and destroy them in a battle. What advice would
you give me ?"

When * Rajabhuvara) asked the permission of his mother
iu these terms, she was much distressed, and said : * You are the
Narapati: a great Padusah. The reigns of the kings of seven
generations have passed by this time. They (the Mussalman
ki.iffs) have remained in their places of respect up to the
present.1 It is not known whether the time is unfavourable
t<> them your enemies) or to you. Owing to the adverseness
of the circumstances, {the enemies/ causing much trouble, are
advancing (on us). Well, it is the consequence of the indebted-
ness of the preceding birth. You are a boy. Why should you
provoke their enmity ? Having regard for the circumstances, it
is better to act ia accordance witli the trend of events, and
conclude peace with the enemy \f

* " As mighty sovereigns, the Narapatty race hare now reigned without
misfortune or interruption through a line of Seven of your Royal Ancestors and
predecessors to this time; neither Tmtil now did theie three Kings entertain tamity
toward* us but remained quiet within their dominions."—/. O. ATM p. 133.
t The original of this paiaage is very corrupt and luuutoltigibleu. Tke pastage
is thus summarised in /. O. Jf.f p. 183—" If you approve of my council it will be best to
wait a little for the issue of the present mutters *c. and to coatider how the peace may be
still preserr*d."